Drug dealer gets four years’ prison

A SCARBOROUGH drug dealer has been jailed for four-and-a-half years after committing a total of 12 offences involving the supply of Class A and B drugs.

Adam Smith, 45, of Scalby Road, was found guilty by a jury at York Crown Court last month of three offences of attempting to possess Class A Ecstasy with intent to supply it.

He had previously admitted charges of possessing Class B drugs including cannabis and amphetamine and intending to supply them.

In addition he also admitted being in possession of criminal property, £145 in cash from his drug dealing.

The jury had heard that after being stopped in his car in Marine Drive on July 2 last year Smith’s then flat in Westbourne Park was searched and drugs including what appeared to be Ecstasy tablets found.

On July 14 police returned to the flat to find that Smith had restocked on drugs including further tablets.

A total of 431 tablets with a potential street value of £1,000 were recovered by the police.

Smith was to tell the police and the jury that he bought the tablets cheaply, believing them to be Ecstasy and for his own use.

He claimed that he had not restocked following the first police search but in fact the police had been lax and left some behind.

Later tests showed that the tablets were in fact a lesser drug of Class B made up to look like Ecstasy.

Other drugs found by the police amounted to around £1,000 in value.

Smith appeared back before the York court for sentencing when Glenn Parsons, mitigating, said that his client had now managed to wing himself of a 27-year drug habit.

Adding that Smith had used a large number of tablets, some of the other drugs to satisfy his habit. Mr Parsons said that his client did admit that he had supplied some to others in order to fund this addiction.

The court heard that Smith’s criminality really started when he fell out of work during last year.

The court was told that although Smith has a small number of previous convictions including two for possessing drugs, the present offences were his first for drug trafficking offences.

Following the hearing, Detective Constable Andy Hall, of Scarborough CID said: “I am very pleased with the sentence the court has handed down.

“This is a good result, which should clearly demonstrate our determination to bring anyone involved in the illegal supply of drugs to justice.”

DC Hall added: “I urge anyone who has information about people involved in any way with this form of criminality to contact the police or Crimestoppers immediately.”